A Look Inside the Catalogue
The early printed section of this book auction included a diverse selection of sixteenth to eighteenth century Greek books from the library of Costas Sarantopoulos, M.D., ranging from Hesychius of Alexandria, Dictionarium, Venice 1514, and Pindar, Olympia. Pythia. Nemea. Isthmia, Rome, 1515, to Theophilus Korydalleus, Peri epistolikon typon, Moschopolis (now Voskopoje, Albania), 1744. A bidding frenzy for Sir Isaac Newton's 1704 seminal treatise on light and color, Opticks, set the price to well over the high estimate for the lot. The first edition realized $87,500.
Left, Lot 157: Sir Isaac Newton, Opticks, first edition, first issue, London, 1704. Sold for $87,500.
Right, Lot 147: Euclid, Elementa geometriae, Venice, 1482. Sold for $62,500.
Lot 207: Edmund Thomas Coleman, Scenes from the Snow-Fields, London, 1859. Sold for $16,250.
The travel section featured mountaineering literature from the estate of Timothy Treacy, comprising early works that stimulated the growth of interest in mountain climbing as well as later classics. Among the highlights: William Windham and Pierre Martel, An Account of the Glaciers or Ice Alps in Savoy, London, 1744; Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, Voyages dans les Alpes, Neuchâtel, 1779-96; Albert Smith, The Story of Mont Blanc, London, 1853; Edmund Thomas Coleman, Scenes from the Snow-Fields, London, 1859; Douglas Freshfield, Across Country from Thonon to Trent, London, 1865, the author's first book, inscribed; and Oscar Eckenstein and August Lorria, The Alpine Portfolio, London, 1889.
At Right & Below, Lot 222: Oscar Eckenstein, The Alpine Portfolio, with 100 heliotype plates, London, 1889. Sold for $4,250.
Books on Asia included Manuel de Faria y Sousa, The Portuguese Asia, London, 1695; Theodore Roosevelt's personal copy of Nikolai Prejevalsky’s, From Kulja, across the Tian Shan to Lob-Nor, London, 1879; and a set of Sven Hedin, Southern Tibet, Stockholm, 1916-22, in the original wrappers.
Lot 219: Jean-Baptiste du Halde, Description Géographique, Historique, Chronologique, Politique, et Physique de l'Empire de la China,
first edition, Paris, 1735. Sold for $12,500.
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